Live Well Leeds Befriending Service offers 1-1 tailored support for service users looking to improve their social isolation and wellbeing with the support of a befriender.

Service users are matched with a volunteer befriender who meets them on a regular basis out in the community. The befriender will support service users to work towards their specific goals, such as increasing self-confidence, overcoming social anxiety, building social networks.

We work with a diverse pool of volunteers in terms of backgrounds, age and skills. All our volunteers are recruited, DBS checked and receive full training with ongoing supervisions.

Please note that we do not offer telephone befriending or home visits.

To make a referral please complete our online referral form and indicate that the reason for referral is befriending.

If you would like further information, please call our office on 0113 219 2727 or email us on [email protected]

This can involve

  • Supporting SU to identify & achieve own personal goals
  • Getting out of the house
  • Introduction to peer support social groups
  • Access to community facilities e.g. education and leisure
  • Access to learning
  • Social interactions and conversation skills
  • Starting new community activities

Short term befriending will be offered from 1 to 6 months. Long term befriending will be offered for up to 12 months that these are in community venues that are easy to access by public transport and at a time that is accessible.

Can you be a Live Well Leeds Befriender?

We are looking to recruit Volunteer Befrienders.
You will get training, supervision and support.

  • Make a real difference to people’s lives
  • Learn , develop and use new skills
  • Transform your CV
  • Work for a cause you care about
  • Meet new people
  • Have fun
  • A means of building self-esteem and confidence
  • A pathway to improve work experience
  • Enhance your health

Befriending Service Referral Form

    How would you prefer us to contact you?

    Present situation

    Do you live with other people?

    Do you have regular contact with family or friends?

    Do you attend any therapeutic or activity groups with organisation such as Leeds Mind?

    Are you receiving any support with your mental health issues from a CMHT or other organisation?

    Do you have any pets?

    Do you have any physical health or mobility issues?

    Risk Information

    In order for us to process this referral we require the following information and a copy of an up to date full risk assessment.

    Are there any issues related to drugs or alcohol?

    Has there been any threatening, aggressive or violence towards others?

    Are there any issues around self-harm?

    Has there been any exclusions from any services?

    *Required Field